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SYRIA: Recent weeks see crackdown on opposition figures

DAMASCUS, 23 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - The Syrian Human Rights Organisation (SHRO) condemned the arrest of several opposition figures in Damascus earlier this week. Full report

SYRIA: Domestic opposition gaining strength, but still facing pressures

DAMASCUS, 22 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - In 2001, then Member of Parliament Riad Seif accused the regime of corruption after a lucrative mobile-phone contract was awarded to a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad. The MP's accusation represented the high-water mark of the so-called “Damascus Spring”, the brief thaw in Syrian political life that followed al-Assad's assumption of power.Full report

SYRIA: Women’s rights activists face resistance

DAMASCUS, 21 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - When Sabah’s husband left her in Syria and returned to his native Saudi Arabia, he didn’t just leave his teenage daughter without a father. He also left her without a nationality.Full report

SYRIA: Women's group to provide assistance to female divorcees

DAMASCUS, 19 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - A local NGO has launched a programme aimed at finding shelter and jobs for ostracised divorced women in an effort to help them cope with the travails of single life. Full report

LEBANON-SYRIA: Damascus welcomes new report on Hariri killing

DAMASCUS, 16 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - The Syrian government welcomed an initial report by UN investigator Serge Brammertz, which found that Damascus had cooperated over the last three months with the inquiry into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.Full report

SYRIA: Human rights activist released after brief detention

DAMASCUS, 16 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - A human rights activist, arrested four days ago after attending political conferences in Washington and Paris, was released on Wednesday. Full report

SYRIA: Kurds detained after protest on anniversary of clash

DAMASCUS, 15 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Security forces detained human rights activists and a former opposition MP following demonstrations on 14 March marking the anniversary of deadly clashes between Kurds and Syrian security officials in 2004, according to protest participants.Full report

SYRIA: Democracy activists beaten by students

DAMASCUS, 9 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Democracy activists condemned the violent break up of a peaceful demonstration against the country's emergency laws by a crowd of several hundred pro-government students on Thursday.Full report

SYRIA: Journalist arrest part of intimidation campaign, says rights lawyer

DAMASCUS, 7 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - A leading Syrian human rights lawyer condemned the recent arrest of a Syrian reporter working for a Lebanese newspaper, saying the move was part of a wider crackdown. Full report

SYRIA: Activists slam closure of human rights centre

DAMASCUS, 5 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Activists have slammed a government decision to close the country’s first human rights centre, which opened in mid-February with support from the European Union (EU). Full report


Year in Brief and Review Syria

SYRIA: Year in Review 2005 - Developments in democracy

SYRIA: Year in Brief 2005 - A chronology of democratic developments

IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Syria

SYRIA: Domestic opposition gaining strength, but still facing pressures

SYRIA: Women’s rights activists face resistance

LEBANON-SYRIA: Lebanese seek lost sons and daughters in Syria

SYRIA: For many Kurds, statelessness remains a way of life

SYRIA: People queue for fuel as subsidies cuts are announced


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